I’m currently working on my first book, Empty Cages: Dropping Keys to Freedom.

In this hilarious and poignant reflection, Jess Basson discovers how she went from being a spirited, quirky, confident little girl to a thirty-something mom struggling with depression and limited self-belief.

How do we go from being
as free as a bird
to being
caged in our heads?

Jess lifts the lid on how the early years of motherhood impacted her mental health, with honesty and humour. She invites you to identify your own invisible cages, and pick up the keys to your freedom.

Join her as she unlocks empathy and support for anyone who has lost themselves along the way, and drops keys that help everyone unlock themselves to be free and flourishing.


The small woman
Builds cages
For everyone
She knows
While the Sage
Who has to duck her head
When the moon is low
Keeps dropping keys
All night long
For the

– adapted from Hafez


Browse through my monthly column from a few years back, The Rookie Mom, featured in local magazines.

The Rookie Mom: It’s funny cos it’s true.


A fascinating look at the women of South Africa’s struggle for freedom.
Explore Durban Street Names here.

The Women’s March in Pretoria, 9 August 1956

Email jessbasson@gmail.com, and let’s connect.